AUGUSTA, Ga. (WJBF)- Richmond County has a robust voting population.
Of the 140,000 people who are of age, about 100,000 are active voters.
“That’s our accurate number of people that we can most likely expect will participate in the election process,” said Lynn Bailey, director of the Richmond County Board of Elections.
She says many of the inactive voters may be transient, including about 10,000 people stationed at Fort Gordon.
“In all likelihood, it’s quite possible that a lot of the people in the inactive status aren’t in this area anymore,” she said.
But she expects there to be about 105,000 active voters easily by the presidential election.
“We have been really really busy…especially this past week,” she said. “There are many third party groups out there that are actively voter registration.”
Shirley Woodley is one of them. She has been leading a grassroots effort to increase registration for about two decades. She says she’s helped 9,000 people register.
“Working all night and all day,” she said. “Doing for churches…and doing for the students. And senior citizens.”
She says she does it the old-fashioned way: knocking on doors and making phone calls. She says the way you approach people is key. At the end of the day after she helps get the masses to the polls, she wants their motivation to come from within.
“And I just want everybody to realize…to get out and vote–not to make me happy,” she said. “To make theyself happy that they did their duty.”
If you’re not sure if you’re registered, you can check your status and register here or call the Richmond County Board of Elections at (706) 821-2340.